Sunday, May 3, 2015

Getting to Know Walt Disney Through His Hands

By Keith Mahne

There are literally thousands of articles, write-ups, biographies, and books about Walt Disney that it seems as if everything there is to know about Walt is out there to learn through these sources. But what about learning a few more things about this creative genius through his hands. Really....his hands!! You're about to see what I mean in today's new article. Continue after the page break as we learn more about Uncle Walt in a whole new way...

Walt's Left Hand print

Walt Disney is one of the most well known, respected and cherished creative artist of his time. Although there are so many ways to learn about him, there is an interesting article on (a site that examines celebrity palm prints) that, according to the site, will be able to tell us what his strengths and weaknesses were. Now I know nothing about the process but this is what it says:

Palmistry is a very ancient science which has been effectively used in India for more than 4,000 years. It is based on the holistic principle that our whole life is reflected in every part of our body. Too often used as a fortune-telling tool, palmistry is actually much more useful as a self-improvement system. Your hands show who you really are, like a road map. A good palmist will be able to tell you what your strengths and weaknesses are and point you to the right direction in order to find happiness.

Walt's Right Hand print

Here is what the site says about Walt's hand prints:

Even though Walt Disney was right-handed, I believe most of his genius comes from his left (subconscious) hand. For instance, his left hand presents a girdle of Venus - the curved line creating a half circle under his middle and ring fingers. The girdle of Venus stands for creative sensitivity, providing the ability to touch the heart of others, mostly through artistic talent. If you have ever seen Lady and the Tramp eating spaghetti, or Bambi's heart-breaking reaction after his mother's death, you know what I mean!

 Another difference between his left and right hands is the head line, the horizontal line crossing the middle of the hand. It is longer on the left hand, suggesting a pioneer mind, venturing unto uncharted territories, especially at times when critics were making fun of his "little mouse with big hands and large round ears." The much shorter head line of the right hand made him concentrate more on the tangible world so that he could be successful in business.
Both hands have a very large mount of Luna, the place where we can find perception, creativity and imagination. Considering the size of this mount, Walt Disney was probably living in the world of imagination most of the time. The mount of Venus, the lower part of the thumb, is disproportionately small, implying that pleasures of the senses were not a top priority.
The angle that the thumb makes with the rest of the hand is quite narrow, revealing inhibition and a cautious attitude, which he was very good at hiding.
While the prints are unclear, the length of Walt Disney's fingers appears to be equal to the width of his palm. His energy is well directed, giving him wise judgment combined with the necessary energy to bear.

The fact that the fingers are generally leaning towards the thumb and that, on the palm, the two mounts of Jupiter (under the index finger) and Saturn (under the middle finger) are higher than the other two mounts reveals that Walt Disney was more focused on the inner world - his own aspirations and desires - meaning that his art was meant to please him first before anyone else.

Walt's Fingertips

The fingerprints show conic (pointed) fingertips. Those tips denote an intuitive, impulsive, quick and artistic personality. Life seems less a matter of labor than of enjoyment. The fingertips allied to the very big mounts of Luna produce a life based on imagination, art and intuition. "It's kind of fun to do the impossible," said Disney.
 Finally, on both hands, Disney has a long heart line, showing his kindness and high expectations regarding love. Reportedly, he once stated: "Let's face it - love is like everything else; if you don't have it, you can't give it." By inventing so many endearing characters, Walt Disney created a lot of love. And even though he died close to 50 years ago, he is still loved all around the world. It's a small world after all!

There you have it. This gives us a little more insight into a wonderful man. It is interesting to read and to see Walt's actual hand prints from 1933. One thing I know for sure is that those hands built the most magical lands in the world!


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. 

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.


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